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The Space Shuttle Discovery rides atop "905," NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, on its delivery flight from
California to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, where it was prepared for its first orbital mission for 30 August
to 5 September 1984.
The NASA 747, obtained in 1974, has special support struts atop the fuselage and internal
strengthening to accommodate the additional weight of the orbiters. Small vertical fins have also been added to
the tips of the horizontal stabilizers for additional stability due to air turbulence on the control surfaces caused
by the orbiters. A second modified 747, no. 911, went in to service in November 1990 and is also used to ferry
orbiters to destinations where ground transportation is not practical.
Photo credit: NASA